Sri Lanka’s former army chief sworn in as minister

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Colombo, Feb 25 (IANS) Sarath Fonseka, who was Sri Lanka’s army commander when the military crushed the Tamil Tigers, was sworn in as a minister by President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday.

Fonseka was appointed the minister of regional development, Xinhua news agency reported.

Although Fonseka contested the parliamentary elections in August last year, his Democratic Party failed to secure any seats.

The Democratic Party signed a collective agreement with the ruling United National Party earlier this month, after which Fonseka was sworn in as a member of parliament.

Fonseka, who led the military to end a 30-year civil conflict in the island nation, was awarded the highest rank of Field Marshall by President Sirisena.

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